EMD GP38-2 - Page 7

The most populated series on the EMD side of the CR roster were the 223 GP38-2's inherited from Penn Central. Conrail also purchased 115 brand new GP38-2's between 1977 and 1979. The entire roster filled the 7940 to 8281 block. The four-axle units churned out 2,000hp and were regulars in all types of service.

Equipped with plows on both ends, several were cleared for use at the PP&L Strawberry Ridge, PA power plant (8040 and 8064) and others were equipped with bi-directional cab arrangements (8154 and 8162). The PC GP38-2s were built without anti-climbers. Conrail's 8163 froward order included the anti-climbers. A small handful of other subtle differences can be found when comparing the different orders such as the fuel spout revision, nose ventilation lovers, an additional latch to the control compartment door, etc.

CR 8214 on WOMO-4 at the eastbound signal for Glen Echo, Ohio. September 14, 1986.

A group of friends where photographing around the Bellefontaine area when WOMO-4 came up from Springfield. The local picked up a work train in Bellefontaine and took it back to Moraine. The engineer invited everyone for a cab ride back to Springfield, two of them jumped on the invite were I had to drive my car back east. Here is WOMO-4 at eastbound signal for Glen Echo, slowing down to let off the extra riders off. North of Springfield, Ohio on September 14, 1986.

CR 8214 SENHa State Line NY Jun 1980

GP38-2 8214 with SENHa exiting State Line Tunnel NY

CR 8215 in Hinsdale, MA. on 7/23/83. (1)

GP38-2 8215 leads a gaggle of four-axles on ballast train BKI-177 nearing the Rt. 8 overpass in Hinsdale, MA. at 16:30 on July 23, 1983.

CR 8220 - GP38-2 at Harrisburg, PA

CR 8220 is seen with CR 8099 and another GP at Maclay St. Harrisburg, PA on 7/15/1984.

CR 8220 on WILI-50 at Crestline, OH

In what was a rare move by this time, CR 8220, 8223(patched as PRR 5361), and another GP38-2 leads local train WILI-50 straight across the diamond on the newly rerouted main track for the PRR Ft. Wayne line past long closed Crest Tower on May 29, 1999. In the background you can see the signal bridge that stood over the original alignment of the Ft. Wayne line, which used to go right next to the old passenger platform, which is to my left in the photo. The train, which originated in Lima, OH was on its way to Mansfield, OH to switch a customer. Chris Howe photo

CR 8221 and CR 1968 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail GP38-2 8221 and B23-7 1968 are seen on a westbound freight at Horseshoe Curve in 1982.

CR 8223 - GP38-2 at Cresson, PA

CR 8223 is seen at Cresson, PA on 11/20/1983.

CR 8224, 2927, 2620, 2284 and 2368 on the point of a southbound coal train crossing the Gunpowder River. 1/80

Its New Year's day 1980 as a S/B Conrail coal train is crossing the Gunpowder River on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. GP38-2-8224, U33B-2927, U25B-2620 & GP35s-2284, 2368 are on the point. 1:30PM on 1/1/80 in Chase, MD.

CR 8225 on RR241 at Bucyrus, OH

Conrail RR-241 led by 8225 on the ex PRR Crestline to Chicago mainline at Bucyrus, OH on June 25, 1996.

CR 8227 Allentown, Pa 8-1994

CR 8227 is on the point of ALHB at CP-BURN in Allentown, Pa 8/1994

CR 8228 at Harrington, DE 3/28/98

CR 8228 is seen at Harrington, DE on 3/28/98.

CR 8228 at Harrington, DE 3/28/98

CR 8228 is seen at Harrington, DE on 3/28/98.

CR 8228 leads SENH at Hinsdale, MA. on June 22, 1980.

ConRail GP38-2 8228 splits the automatic block signals with eastbound SENH in tow near MP 139 on the Hinsdale flats in Hinsdale, MA. on June 22, 1980.

CR 8231-8262 Engineer Shawn McCord YPLA-12, Lancaster, PA 9-96

Engineer Shawn McCord smiles for the photographer as he shifts Dillerville Yard in Lancaster, PA on the YPLA-13 crew.. All of this is gone today having been made into greenspace for F&M College.. September, 1996..

CR 8232

GP38-2 8232 was on lease to the MKT when she was shot at Salina, KS on 5/10/83

CR 8232 in Middlefield, MA. on 12/21/85.

GP38-2 8232 leads an unusual, for the point in time, set of "small boys" on MBSE at mile 128.7 in Middlefield, MA. on Dec. 21, 1985.

CR 8233 Newark NJ Sep 1980

GP38-2 8233 leads an NJDOT westbound Raritan Line train at Hunter Tower. No HEP for lighting today!

CR 8235 at Mifflin, PA 1986

Conrail GP38-2 is seen pulling rare duty at Mifflin, PA in 1986, filling in for a F40PH that had failed on the eastbound Broadway Limited.

CR 8235, 5846, 8232 at Hollidaysburg, PA 10/79

CR 8235, 5846, and 8232 with an assortment of cars, are parked in the yard at Hollidaysburg, PA, among a sea of Conrail freight equipment.

CR 8240 Pine Jct 03231984

I took this from the Cardinal as it was leaving Chicago. At the time, the route was CR ex PRR and NYC to Pine Jct, then the B&O to Wellsboro, where it took a C&O branch to La Crosse, then the C&O of Indiana on to Hamilton OH. I caught this local at Pine Jct.

CR 8241 at Bennington Curve in 1984

Conrail GP38-2 8241 is leading a westbound freight around Bennington Curve in 1984.

CR 8241 at Bennington Curve in 1984

Conrail GP38-2 8241 is leading a westbound freight around Bennington Curve in 1984.

CR 8244 on WOMO-4 crossing North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, Ohio. March 3, 1983.

Eastbound WOMO-4 crossing North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, Ohio at MP-8. Notice the recently removed track was B&O's Wellston Subdivision. Mid-morning on March 3, 1983

CR 8244 Westbound at Rochester, PA

CR 8244, 8246, 1657 lead a westbound at Rochester, PA on 2/7/97. Check out all of the Coilshields in the train!

CR 8246

CR 8246 at Rochester, PA on 2/7/98.

CR 8246 - GP38-2 at West Brownsville, PA

GP38-2's CR 8246 and 8181 rest in the yard at West Brownsville, PA on 8/28/1993.

CR 8247 on WHWA01 idles off the NEC, 03/17/93

WHWA01 with CR 8247 is spotting Toys R Us (in the back) and Hechingers (to the right) in the Landover/Ardwick area on 03/17/93. Taken from the then new Rte 410 bridge.

CR 8248 GP38-2 "star" unit Canton 12-84

One of several test units to wear a small "star" on the cab. Fairhope tower area, near Canton, Ohio.

CR 8248 in Middlefield, MA. on 3/7/81. (1)

GP38-2 8248 leads eastbound tonnage at the "art colony" in Middlefield, MA. on March 7, 1981.

CR 8251 Altoona, PA 4-11-1981

CR GP-38-2 8251 leads GP38AC 7656 (ex-LV 310) and a U-boat down Horseshoe Curve in April, 1981.

CR 8251 Altoona, PA 4-11-1981

CR GP-38-2 8251 leads GP38AC 7656 (ex-LV 310) and a U-boat down Horseshoe Curve in April, 1981.

CR 8252 on 8/3/84

ConRail TV9 turning off the B&M Conn River Line onto the Fitchburg route at Greenfield East in Greenfield, MA. on Aug. 3, 1984. The Conn River line heads straight, at right, for "the arch" beneath Main St. in Greenfield, while the Fitchburg curves away to the left. Greenfield station used to sit in the triangle where the two lines separate.

CR 8255 YPLA-13 at High Steel in Lancaster, PA

GP38-2 8255 leads the YPLA-13 yard crew shifting High Steel in January, 1996. Inbound loads of plate steel and beams were quite common during this time. High Steel was located just east of Conestoga on Amtraks Harrisburg Line. NS still delivers cars to this industry today just not as frequently..

CR 8255 at Lancaster 11/22/97

CR 8255 is seen at Lancaster PA 11/22/97.

CR 8257 GP38-2 on a local out of Bayview on the NEC, 1/94

AMTRAK Northeast Corridor - Middle River, Maryland, USA
The daytime local out of Bayview yard heads north near the Martin State Airport in Middle River with a Geep on each end. Not much freight rolls along these tracks in daylight.

CR 8258 at Lancaster PA 12/12/97

CR 8258 is seen at Lancaster PA on 12/12/97.

CR 8259 at Lancaster PA 11/22/97

CR 8259, 1627, 8255, & 1624 are seen at Lancaster PA on 11/22/97.

CR 8259 at Lancaster PA 11/22/97

CR 8259 is seen at Lancaster PA on 11/22/97.

CR 8260 at Lancaster 11/22/97

CR 8260 is seen along with other yard power at Lancaster PA on 11/22/97.

CR 8260 at Lancaster PA 11/22/97

CR 8260 is seen at Lancaster PA on 11/22/97.

CR 8261 in East Petersburg, PA. 12/28/92

GP38-2 8261 with local freight on the Lititz branch at Stevens St. (?) in East Petersburg, PA. on Dec. 28, 1992

CR 8263 and East Baltimore Warehouses

The final run passes some non-descript East Baltimore warehouses on its way back toward Bayview. 

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